July 15th, 2008
08:10 AM ET
10 years ago

Reed says 'not interested' in VP role

Jack Reed says he doesn't want to be VP.

Jack Reed says he doesn't want to be VP.

(CNN) - He's making a high-profile trip to Iraq later this month with Barack Obama, but Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed says he has no desire to be the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate's running mate.

Earlier: Fueling VP speculation, Obama heading to Iraq with Hagel, Reed

Reed, a graduate of West Point has been mentioned as a possible VP candidate given his foreign policy credentials and bipartisan respect on Capitol Hill, told the Associated Press Monday being Obama's running mate is a "position which I have no interest in."

Reed, a two-term senator who is currently in a relatively easy race for re-election, also said the Obama campaign has not asked him for any official documentation pertaining to its VP search process. It has been reported that the Illinois senator's campaign has officially approached at least two candidates so far - Virginia Sen. Jim Webb and Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd.

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"There are people that are spending a lot of time, one, looking for candidates, and trying to promote themselves as candidates," Reed also said. "And I'm in neither category."

Reed is little-known beyond his home state, though proponents trump his working-class upbringing, heroic stint in Vietnam, and longtime tenure on the powerful Armed Services Committee as reasons why he could be a valuable asset on the Democratic presidential ticket. On the other hand the Rhode Island senator has a low-key speaking style, comes from a region that is already firmly Democratic, and likely wouldn't embrace the attack-dog role usually required of presidential running mates.

Still, Reed's name received new buzz late last week after it was reported he, along with Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel, would accompany Obama on an upcoming trip to Iraq. Hagel, an opponent of the Iraq war who has become increasingly critical of his own party, has said he would be open to serving as Obama's VP.

soundoff (376 Responses)
  1. jroy

    J. Ryan you are danger to this country, bacause you are supporting a war monger & war criminal.

    July 14, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  2. franco

    I am interested also

    July 14, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  3. Herb Rosenbaum

    Merit or talent aside for a moment, sitting U.S. Senators are poor choices for V.P. if only because one ought not to create Democratic vacancies in that tightly balanced body, but especially not by removing well-known leaders of legislative initiatives in the years to come on matters such as health care policy, war policy, or domestic economic strategy.

    July 14, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  4. William, from Cali!

    "no interest", what about doing it "for the good, of the country"; guess, he has no interest, in doing that either.

    July 14, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  5. Ula Nejad- Sacramento Ca

    West Point? Please don't drag it into the mud. I wouldn't want a fine military academy seen as second best.

    July 14, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  6. Rave

    I dont want to see REED as VP either
    Claire McCaskill is the best candidate.
    No one so far has mentioned her (Claire) yet, but I think she would be perfect.
    Al Gore is definitely a good option, but I doubt he will be running for VP again.
    OBAMA (2008 -16)

    July 14, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  7. Annagain

    Hagel would not play second fiddle to this unqualified man either.

    Nobody worth their salt wants this job. Why would they?

    Sen. Obama is a dissembling shape-shifter who has reneged on all his policy pledges, and who has no idea what he is doing when he is without his teleprompter -

    Not everyone relishes the idea of being his 'Dick Cheney' - then getting unceremoniously thrown under the bus at the first sign of trouble for the 'messiah".

    Super Delegates, Wake Up!! Not to late to nominate Hillary!

    July 14, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  8. Guy


    July 14, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  9. Dan, MA

    You mean CNN still doesn't know who the VP choice will be? Shocking!

    Oh wait, CNN's never had a clue. Wouldn't it just be easier, CNN, if you made a list of people you DON'T think he'll go after? It might be easier than listing every US citizen alive.

    July 14, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  10. Rob from California

    I am not surprise, one of the reason is because maybe at the Convention Obama won't get the nomination after all and everyone would realize that Hillary was the best qualified candidate and all superdelegates would change their mind.

    I am a delegate to the convention and I have heard that they are trying to get Hillary from been nominated at the convention on the first day, if they do this than that tells me she can still be nominated and get this flip floper as her VP and we can all get this country back in track.

    Hillary Clinton/Barack Obama 2008 & 2012

    July 14, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  11. Marge Hibbing Mn

    Wonder why so many people are turning obama down. Maybe because he is too egotistical and wants all the attention. Maybe that's why he is slow to address Hillary as second in command. He knows darn well she is more qualified, more knowledgeable and has more strength of character. And she would surely show him up.

    July 14, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  12. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    I like Reed..........but in the popularity contest that has become the presidential race he would not have been a good pick.

    July 14, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  13. 1 McCain Supporter Blogging

    Are you sure that head goes with that body?

    July 14, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  14. JC

    Next!!!! We need a state to win, R.I is in the bag already.

    Obama 08!!!!!

    July 14, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  15. Vicky Feigel

    Watching Larry King this evening I spotted evidence of Jesse Ventura's head shaking and eye movement that tells my professional background that he is showing signs of the disease.

    July 14, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  16. Lying McBush

    So clearly, Strickland, Rendell, Webb and this large headed person are taking themselves out of the running so Obama won't have to "cut" them. Ohioans and Penssylvanians and West Virginians and Big Headians probably take it better if their guy pulls himself out of the game.

    July 14, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  17. Joseph

    How is this even news worthy. How about one of GWB's croonies pratically selling time to the higest bidder to anyone in the White House or that the Iraiqs want a timeline for us out of there and George Bush and John McCain have egg on there face for saying the opposite. What is up with this hack, dumb down news cycle this makes no sense whatsoever. Tell me when someone is actually OFFERED the VP job and turns it down then it's news worthy until then keep your opnions to yourself. I know this won't get posted because I'm not paying any of you at CNN which seem to be the way to have anything on this site, look at all of these paid posters on here they don't even change there names anymore. I don't even follow CNN anymore I used to watch it religously startiing at 4pm and ending at 10 but now I rarley even think of watching it, you've lost all respect from me.

    July 14, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  18. Joseph

    And what's up with this photo with this guy, he looks like a Southpark carture with is head photo shoped on there.

    July 14, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  19. Donkey Party

    Obama's camp didn't even offer it to him. This is more non-news, just the kind of crap that the Republicans and Hillary fanatics drool over...

    July 14, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  20. SUE

    why do i not get my comments poasted?

    July 14, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  21. Texas Voter

    Who’s asking him to be the VP? Until Obama asks the question everyone who is so arrogant enough to even consider himself/herself for the position is just plan foolish!!!! No one of any relevance has asked the question. So that means that the answers are just as irrelevant as the people answering.

    July 14, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  22. SUE


    July 14, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  23. obama-wright

    John Mc Bush admits that he doesn't know how to use a computer , he is learning how to get on-line????!!!!! Who the heck wants a President that doesn't even know how to use a computer. He is not able to work a computer how would he run an entire country. Mc Cain doesn't know that Czechlosvakia is no longer a country. This man would NEVER be my President and anyone who votes for him is as dumb as he is. Barack will wipe the floor up with him in a debate so Mc Bush supporters better hope he doesn't debate with him. Mc Bush will embarace their party.

    July 14, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  24. Steve, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    I am not sure Senator Hagel would be Obama's VP even if asked. However, I do believe if Obamaiselected I could see Senator Hagel in a cabinet position say maybe Secretary of Defense. Senator Hagel is one of the few Republicans I respect and he is a veteran .

    July 14, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  25. Will - OKC

    "Reed, a graduate of West Point has been mentioned as a possible VP candidate..."

    Okay, WHERE was he mentioned as a possible VP...other than this Ticker article?

    July 14, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
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